Ephemera is a term for printed material originally intended to have a limited life-span, such as programmes, posters, tickets, flyers and cards. These items were originally produced to pass on details about specific issues, activities, events, products, and services.

Ephemera includes:

  • pamphlets
  • programmes
  • posters
  • sales catalogues
  • advertising fliers
  • invitations
  • orders of service
  • political campaign materials
  • postcards.

Ephemera collections are at the following locations:


Sir George Grey Special Collections

Special Collections on the second floor of the Central City Library holds three ephemera collections. Items date from the 1840s to the present day.

You can locate ephemera from these collections using the Ephemera Index database.

Find out more about Special Collections’ ephemera collections.

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